Dying For The Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

The single most important thing that should be on everyone’s mind today is the environment, for if we don’t take steps to stop the bleeding, none of the other issues will matter before long. Blogger-friend Paul lives in Western Australia and he writes poetry. Most times, I can even understand his poems, which is saying something, for I am often find it difficult to understand the subtle, hidden messages in most poetry. Last night, I visited Paul’s blog, as I try to do a few times a week, and was stunned by his poem of the day. Please take a minute to read it … it’s short but says an awful lot in a few words. Thank you, Paul, for your generous permission to re-blog “Dying for the Fiction”.


dVerse Poets – Poetics – Climate Crisis


Cartoon found at sites.duke.edu

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”  Rachel Carson

Dying For The Fiction

They filled in the wetlands and gave me a house
of dreams filled with death,
and we cut down the trees that gave us life
that we might see the views of the city lights,
in a panic we scorched everything in the
belief that we must perpetuate production,
the very poison that kills all,
while giving happiness in spades of plastic that
smothers reality and makes us long for more
fictions that soothe and inspire
how self murder is so healthy for us,
I awoke this morning to find
my limbs removed,
my lungs cut down
and plastic in my gut,
I am Eco,

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11 thoughts on “Dying For The Fiction – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Some people very recently became aware of their “possible” relationship with their environment. These would constitute a tiny minority of Earthians and of those hardly a one has any clue on what to do about this gnawing feeling that ‘somethin’ ain’t right.’ Of those, most settle for yapping and ranting on social media. “There, I’ve stated my opinion.” Then it’s back to firing up the Hemi, the Harley, attending the barbecue and lounging by the pool and maybe driving 75 miles to watch a game… any game. Instead of taking personal responsibility, let’s blame the leaders, the rich, the religious types. “Who, me, change my lifestyle? Why? I’m not the one throwing plastic wrap in the ocean, I don’t even live near one.” The thinking is firmly embedded that the current way brought prosperity and instead of blaming “it” we should be asking for more of same which must equate to more prosperity. Now wonder not why Donald Trump is popular. He knows how to pander to that sort of reasoning. The problem with Earthians is they are programmed to react a certain way to certain news, fake or not, and its the programming that rules. Until that is broken through self empowerment and the taking of personal responsibility for one’s ways (you can’t take responsibility for any other’s ways) nothing can possibly change. If the path ahead is for the worst, then that’s where we are all heading. The programming determines the path.

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    • To a large extent I agree with you. We are ALL guilty or contributing to the destruction of our planet to a greater or lesser degree. Some of us do, however, try to do better. We turn the heat down in winter, are replacing single-use plastics with other options to the extent it is possible, drive fuel-efficient vehicles and combine trips, purchased a distiller in order to stop using plastic throw-away water bottles, recycle whatever we can. But yes, we are still contributing to the destruction. We still pick up that fast food order that includes a plastic straw & cup. We go to the grocery where our produce is plastic-wrapped, and we mow our lawns with an electric mower. Often we would like to do better, but we know no other way. But … the governments of nations … and I’m talking about every nation in the industrialized world, could make a difference on a much larger scale than you or I can. But they won’t, and the reason they won’t is because the people who make the decisions in those governments are strongly (financially) influenced by the companies that make those plastics, that drill the oil to feed those gas-guzzling cars, or mine the coal to keep those furnaces set at a comfortable 75°. Yes, we as individuals have a responsibility to do better, but our contributions are a drop in the bucket to what could be done if governments around the globe would put the planet ahead of their own greed.


      • …and in reply, I have to completely agree with you, I mean it’s a given; it’s as obvious as a sore thumb, a truism, whatever. Sometimes I ponder these things to the point of having difficulty breathing and sometimes I cry hot tears of anger, of shame, of… I don’t know: regret maybe – regret for being born, here and now though what I could have done about that, not sure either. It seems we are damned if we do, damned if we don’t; we are in the eye of the hurricane and if we dare push out we will encounter forces that will destroy us. We can’t stay where we are and we can’t go where we want to go. So we talk, and yes we do “our bit” while encouraging each other to do more – like your posts on “Good people doing good things” which can’t fail but provide more incentive to find, for ourselves, ways to join the doing of good things. I know those examples have helped me from going, “Oh, fukitol!” a few times: some real reality; some positive action. To address briefly your question about governments, well, some actually do rely on the will of the people to rule. Trump is a populist with ostensibly the checks and balances of a democratic constitution; he doesn’t rule alone. Populists need the support of “the people” one way of another to remain in power. If you have time, take a look at this article: https://talesfromtheloublog.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/canadas-failed-populist-ford-a-cautionary-tale/ Special Olympics kids bringing down a populist leader? You could almost call this “Good people doing good things”!

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        • I can absolutely relate to your angst, sometimes not being able to breathe, shedding hot tears of rage, and even to wishing sometimes you had never been born. I tend not to so much wish I hadn’t been born, as to wish that I had been born something other than human. And thank you … I’m so glad to know that sometimes the ‘good people’ posts lift you up a little bit. And thank you for the link to the post about Doug Ford!!! I was aware of Doug Ford when he was first elected, for a number of my Canadian friends were not happy, to say the least. But, I hadn’t kept up with the news about him since his election, so wasn’t aware of the things he had done, nor the decline in his popularity. The post was excellent, the writing spot on, and I am now following that blog! Funny, isn’t it, how the populist movement both on our side of the pond and in Europe as well, was supposed to be all about the little people, but as we have seen with Trump, Ford, and others, it turns out to have been a ploy all along and is benefiting largely only those who didn’t need any benefit, except by their own standards. Anyway … many thanks for pointing me in the direction of Mr. Mitrovica’s blog!

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  2. Poignant and so sadly true. We have sold life itself for a few trinkets with no intrinsic value.

    Mr Trump
    You cannot grow your food on a golf course,
    You cannot sustain your life in a resort,
    You cannot buy yourself anything in a casino,
    You cannot rent rooms to the deceased,
    You will have no one left to bully,
    and you cannot impress anyone with your trinkets,
    when the world is dead!

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    • Actually we can and should grow food on a golf course, otherwise it’s just a tremendous waste of space and resources. Trump is ass backwards when it comes to truly important issues in life. Native Americans live by a code, to be good stewards of this Earth because no one can own it, she is our mother and we must take care of her. Without her, there’s no us! Why is that so hard to understand for climate deniers??? I suppose they have a death wish or simply mentally impaired, b/c it just doesn’t make sense to go on destroying… don’t they want to live, have a future? Jeez


  3. “They filled in the wetlands and gave me a house of dreams filled with death,”

    I was just thinking about this very thing with New Orleans being under water again. I think I’m only now beginning to grasp how altering the land can cause a catastrophe. That line will haunt me for a long time now…

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    • Hey!!! Great to see you! Yes, we don’t realize the things we do that have a significant impact somewhere in the future. Plastics, deforestation, carbon dioxide … we have done so much to harm our home. 😥

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